Nine-time Patriot League weekly award winner Kelsey Minato
Feb. 18, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army freshman point guard Kelsey Minato was named the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Black Knights to a two-win week, including a notable victory at Navy on Saturday. The Player of the Week accolade is the second of Minato’s young career and is the Huntington Beach, Calif., native’s ninth conference certificate overall.
Minato, a seven-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week, garnered national attention after yet another week of averaging nearly 20 points through a pair of games, including an emotional 48-40 victory in the Star Game against Navy in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday. The freshman play-caller recorded 20 points and six rebounds in a home win (70-57) against Lafayette on Wednesday before the contest with the Midshipmen.
At Navy, Minato shot north of .500 from the floor (6-of-11) en route to a game-high 19 points while also snagging six rebounds. Through two games against the Midshipmen, the Huntington Beach, Calif., native has averaged 18 points per game to rank tied for fourth-best in Army-Navy game history with the Black Knights' all-time leading scorer Katie Macfarlane. She enters the second-to-last week of the regular season on a 10-game double-digit scoring streak and is the Patriot League's leading scorer in conference games, averaging a 16.5-points per game clip. Minato was recognized Sunday night as one of three nominees for espnW's National Player of the Week.
Minato and the first-place Black Knights (19-6, 8-2 Patriot League) will travel to Hamilton, N.Y., on Wednesday to face last-place Colgate (7-18, 1-9 PL). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.